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Bowen Basin Coalmine Spoil Classification for Improved Mine Rehabilitation Outcomes


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Author B Emmerton, J Burgess, T Baumgartl and P D Erskine


Large-scale open cut mining in the Bowen Basin has been undertaken for over 40 years. During this period, improved mechanical capability and economics have allowed extraction to greater depths, resulting in post-mining landforms of increasing height. Rehabilitation practitioners face significant challenges in stabilising these landforms and require a comprehensive understanding of the Bowen Basin Coal Measures strata likely to be disposed of during mining. Knowledge regarding the potential behaviour of differing spoil materials (following disturbance) provides a rationale to maximise short- to medium-term surface stability of constructed landforms by identification, salvage and advantageous reuse of cladding resources as a means to minimise erosional risks.


Emmerton, B, Burgess, J, Baumgartl, T and Erskine, P, 2016.
Bowen Basin coalmine spoil classification for improved mine rehabilitation
outcomes, in Proceedings Life-of-Mine 2016 Conference , pp 142–147 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).